ACI World: Oris Dunham
A historical review: Oris Dunham, the first Director General of ACI World By Amanda Ierfino, Event Coordinator, ACI World
In May 1989, Airports Operators Council International (AOCI) and International Civil Airports Association (ICAA) joined forces to establish the Airport Associations Coordinating Council (AACC), which later became Airports Council International (ACI) World. Oris Dunham was appointed as ACI’s first Director General and took on the immense task of setting up the organization during a challenging time for the aviation industry, which was being impacted by the Gulf War and the break-up of the Soviet Union.
Oris Dunham served as ACI World’s first Director General from 1991–1997.
By the time Dunham started his role as Director General, he had gained years of valuable airport experience at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Los Angeles Department of Airports (LAX) and Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW). As Executive Director at DFW, Dunham noticed the duplicated efforts as a result of the existence of two very similar associations—the AOCI and
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